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Posted : July 19, 2011
Hi, I had an orbital floor fracture repaired on 31/05/2011, I just wanted to check, is it safe for me to start snorkeling and spearfishing, and also, can I begin learning to scuba dive at this time post operatively? Thanks, Henry

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Posted : July 20, 2011
Thanks for the query Henry.

The tissues around the eye are very easily damaged so healing needs to be complete before subjecting the area to pressure changes. These fractures often introduce gas into the orbital space so you need to be sure that any retained gas has been reabsorbed, otherwise the surrounding tissues will be susceptible to barotrauma. However I doubt this is a risk 7 weeks post operatively.

Regards Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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Posted : July 23, 2011 by - Henners
Thank you for your help; in light of your response, I will be cautious, and hold off diving for a while, however, I had been planning on spearfishing around 24th September this year, so 3 and 3/4 months post operatively, and I suppose the absolute most I would dive to in this instance would be 10 metres or thereabouts. Can you tell me please, would this be safe at such a time after surgery? Thank you, Henry
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Posted : July 25, 2011 by - Dr Oliver Firth
Henry, if your recovery is uncomplicated then I'd imagine you should be okay to dive to 10m by then.
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